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About Heatec

Heatec facility in Chattanooga, TN

Heatec manufactures and markets a broad line of heaters and liquid storage tanks. These products are used at facilities that produce and supply materials for road construction, mostly hot-mix asphalt (HMA) plants, asphalt terminals, emulsion terminals and concrete producers. And our products are used by numerous other industries unrelated to road construction.


Our products for asphalt include hot oil heaters, asphalt storage tanks and fuel storage tanks. Outputs of the heaters range from 0.75 to 30 million Btu/hour. Tanks are either vertical or horizontal configurations with capacities ranging from 5,000 gallons (18,927 liters) to 45,000 gallons (170,344 liters).

We also make complete polymer systems for asphalt terminals and emulsion plants. These systems blend asphalt with polymers and hold the mixtures for load-out. Other asphalt products include fuel preheaters, booster heaters, calibration tanks, barrel melters, etc.


We refer to our products unrelated to road construction as "industrial" products. Almost half of our production is industrial products. Most are customized for a particular application. Consequently, we have a separate group of engineers that specialize in the design of these products. They work closely with the customer and/or independent engineering firms and inspection teams that may be engaged by the customer.

You will find Heatec industrial products at chemical plants, at oil-and-gas refineries, on off-shore platforms and on barges. You will also find them at power generation plants, wood product manufacturers, food processors, textile factories, pharmaceutical producers, roofing manufacturers and others.

Our industrial products include heaters, vaporizers, and heat recovery units. The heaters are either horizontal or vertical and have either helical coils or serpentine coils. Heater and vaporizer sizes range from 0.7 to 75 million Btu/hour. Industrial products also include pump skids, storage tanks and expansion tanks.


Heatec was formed in 1977 as a company dedicated to building heaters and tanks for road construction. Astec created the company by a merger with a small asphalt service company it had acquired earlier. Norm Smith, an engineer at Astec, took over as president of the newly formed company.

Consequently, Heatec began manufacturing direct-fired asphalt heaters and helical coil hot oil heaters. Also, the company began to design and fabricate asphalt storage tanks for Astec hot mix asphalt plants.

It soon became apparent that the company’s hot oil heaters were well suited for industries unrelated to road construction. Consequently, such heaters were sold for use in the carpet industry and for use in production of roofing shingles. New applications for the heaters and related products have grown rapidly ever since. At the present time Heatec products are used in a score of different industries.


  • Continuous devotion to meeting the needs of our customers.
  • Honesty and integrity in all aspects of business.
  • Respect for all individuals.
  • Preserving entrepreneurial spirit and innovation.
  • Safety, quality and productivity as means to ensure success.


To be known as the global leader in service, innovation, quality and safety.